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Nominated for: BEST Winery
Olympic Cellars is a premium blend of old and new. One of the original 15 wineries in Washington State and the first to locate on the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic Cellars became the North Sound's first woman-owned and operated winery in 2001. Since that time, owners Kathy Charlton, Molly Rivard and Libby Sweetser (known affectionately to locals as the Olympic Women in Wine) have taken the winery in a new direction, turning out award-winning wines that support women, respect and preserve the winery's heritage, and celebrate the good life. Winemaker Benoit Murat, the “only rooster in the hen house,” joined the team in 2004. Benoit hails from Toulouse, France, and brings a wealth of vineyard and managerial experience from the old country. His winemaking style favors very ripe fruit and a mélange of French and American winemaking techniques. Benoit makes what he likes -- bold, fruit-forward drinkable wines. His unique style can be experienced in upcoming releases of Olympic Cellars' three brands, the premium La Dolce Vida™ line, the highly acclaimed Working Girl® series, and the winery's heritage Dungeness wines.
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